Incorporated by General Benjamin F. Butler and associates. Butler secured complete
control in 1870 and continued in charge of operations until his death in 1893. Paul Butler,
his son, became treasurer in 1876 and continued with the firm until his death in 1918.
In 1910 the National Lead Co., purchased a half interest in the business buying the
remaining half in 1919. During the World War I the company served the governments of
U.S., Great Britain, Holland, Russia, France and Italy, supplying a total of
2,262,671 munition items.